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CAHSS Dance majors perform at Art Basel 2019

Restaged performance art piece

On Friday, Dec. 13, Nova Southeastern University dance majors from the CAHSS School of Communication, Media, and the Arts had the opportunity to perform a restaging of American artist Tina Girouard’s 1977 performance art piece “Pinwheel” at Art Basel, one of the country’s most celebrated art fairs that takes place annually on Miami Beach.

Art Basel“I am so proud of our NSU dancers,” said Shanti Bruce, Ph.D., professor and assistant dean for NSU’s School of Communication, Media, and the Arts. “Participating in Art Basel is an extraordinary opportunity that not only highlights the talent of the students, but also the excellent training they receive from Professor Elana Lanczi.”

Lanczi, associate professor of dance for NSU’s School of Communication, Media, and the Arts, leads the B.A. in Dance program. Dance majors Maria Pusateria, Laura Diaz, Ralph Geffrard, Brenden Chee and NSU Dance alumnus Alonzo Williams took part in the historic one-hour performance.

“Art Basel is an international event that brings many renowned artists to Miami each year,” Lanczi said. “Our students were excited to perform this historic work, and I was thrilled to see them gain valuable professional experience. The fact that one of our alumni restaged the performance made the event even more meaningful. They are such a talented group of dancers and the fact that they were selected for this unique opportunity speaks to their bright futures.”

Directed by NSU Dance alumna Sabrina Talamo, an assistant professor of dance at Broward College, “Pinwheel” is a performance art that is alive, as well as a historical monument in the making of the definition of dance. Girouard created a post-post modern dance piece in an era where dance was more traditionally defined, breaking dance boundaries.

Each of the four characters in the performance took on an earthly element (water, air, fire and earth), along with a timeframe (past, present, futuristic and eternal).

“It was a live art piece being displayed at Art Basel, which was so cool, because I was part of the artwork, but it wasn't me that was the artwork, it was me and this full group of people,” Pusateri said.

For more information about NSU’s B.A. in Dance program, click here.

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